Paula Medrano shifts uncomfortably on the doctor's examination table,
holding out a wrist inflamed and swollen by arthritis. The 78-year-old
has no health insurance, lives below the federal poverty level, and
can't pay for the medication she needs.
Small-business owner Joe Ascioti says Massachusetts' 2006 health care
law has left him facing $15,000 in fines since it took effect. Now,
he's worried the nation's new health care overhaul could bring similar
woes to employers nationwide.
In a reversal of a long-standing ban on most offshore drilling,
President Barack Obama is allowing oil drilling 50 miles off Virginia's
shorelines. At the same time, he is rejecting some new drilling sites
that had been planned in Alaska.